That’s Right Nate

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Obama Threatens America’s Art Treasures

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Many years ago, when the Italian artist Michelangeo was feeling particularly uninspired, the Pope locked him in the Sistine Chapel.  Now, I am not one to look at the papists for examples, but you can’t deny he got a pretty nice ceiling when all was said and done.   Nowadays, things have changed and with the exception of a handful of edgey alternative rockers with huge crystal meth addictions, most artists want to be paid for their work.  What is stopping the truly brilliant American artists from creating equally impressive art?  Well,  according to Victoria Jackson its the Obama tax hike.

Victoria Jackson is an American treasure and the star of such films as UHF, Couch Trip, and Baby Boom.  Currently, she is recording songs for cats on her ukulele.   A star of Victoria Jackson’s magnitude can afford to rest on her laurels and that’s just what she’s doing.  Why?  Well, as Victoria or Ms. Jackson if you’re nasty put it herself, “My motivation is gone, because [Obama] will punish me if I’m successful. That’s how you start communism, is just take — Cuba. Obama wants to be Castro.”  Who knows what further artistic endeavors we are missing from Miss Jackson?  Still, that is just the tip of the ice berg.

Think of the other big stars like Bronson Pinchot, Steven Seagal, Brian Austin Green, Aaron Carter, Dana Carvey,and Andrew McCarthy.  Could it be that Obama’s high taxes are stopping them from creating their best work right in the prime of their careers?  I know what you’re thinking.  Stars in the 1970s and early 1980s used to produce great work before Ronald Reagan worked his magic on the top tax bracket.   How did that happen?  Its quite simple.  With higher taxes came big government programs.   One such program was used to give out of work actors and musicians a break.  In fact congressman Sonny Bono took advantage of it.

The Love Boat was the brainchild of television producer Aaron Spelling.  Mister Spelling was a big donor to Democratic causes.  He used the clout that this arrangement love-boat-castgave him to land a rather sizable $50 million grant from the United States government to create a project for unmotivated actors.  It was your typical big government WPA style project that gave actors what was supposed to be a one time paycheck in exchange for keeping quiet about the ridiculous tax rate.   Unfortunately, certain stars like Tom Bosley, Betty White, and Bob Denver began to abuse the program and like most big government programs it collapsed under the weight of its own waste.

What is left for stars of Victoria’s magnitude today?   Mostly reality television shows and guest appearances on talk shows.  I’m not advocating another big budget government program like The Love Boat, but there has to be a way to get our stars motivated again.  The current Obama tax rate will deprive America of cultural icons like Victoria Jackson just when we need them the most.   Some may judge America by the might of its industry or the power of its military, but isn’t it time we looked after the sound of its laughter?


Written by thatsrightnate

April 19, 2009 at 8:01 pm

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  1. I’m not clear. Are you saying that Love Boat was just a vehicle for out of work actors to get paid? If that’s the case, was Hollywood Squares also part of the program?


    April 20, 2009 at 5:06 am

  2. Oh yes, there were several of these programs which first came along because of Jack Kennedy’s connection with Hollywood. Match Game was another government operation.


    April 20, 2009 at 5:47 am

  3. Nate, I understand where you’re coming from….just don’t try to link Ricardo Montalban in with your Illuminati theories. HIs Fantasy Island was a work of art, while at the same time taking advantage of veteran actors who needed work.


    April 20, 2009 at 6:43 am

  4. Fantasy Island did work closely with the government and benefited greatly from the Love Boat lead in. However, Fantasy Island was not a government program and that’s partly due to it being located in international water. In the 70s there were all sorts of grants for shows that gave out of work actors a break and Fantasy Island did take advantage of it. Love Boat was making very little from its advertising and was almost entirely supported by government money. The difference between shows like Love Boat and Hollywood Squares is that Love Boat was supposed to be a one time check. Several actors took advantage of a codocile which made an exception for actors who used different accents and that’s where the problem started.


    April 20, 2009 at 7:05 am

  5. last time I checked, Obama was going socialist — now what?


    April 20, 2009 at 9:33 pm

  6. Thanks for the quick response. I’m having a problem with everybody throwing around the term Socialist. I hate to admit that I have used the Public School System. The Library. I have even gone to museums that I later found out was partially Government funded. Am I a socialist? I even helped one of my neighbors carry in her groceries. Was this “pro-society” act secretly socialist? I’m so confused. I tried to look it up in the dictionary, but I would have to go to the Library. The internets make it seem like some gateway system that lead to stinking Communism.


    April 21, 2009 at 7:03 am

  7. Yes, those are all government institutions. That’s why I am vehemently anti-library and anti-museum and I support charter schools. I believe that the free market should determine what children learn.


    April 21, 2009 at 7:06 am

  8. Jeez! That makes all Public School teachers secret socialists! And they’re teaching our children! How did it come to this? My mailman? Socialist. My Librarian? Socialst. Museum Door person? Socialist


    April 21, 2009 at 6:22 pm

  9. Who you calling a socialist? I am a seventh grade history teacher in Chicago and my wife is a fire fighter. We are not Socialists. We are Catholic!


    April 21, 2009 at 6:33 pm

  10. Wrecks – It started slowly and overtook us before we knew it. Steve, that’s debatable.


    April 21, 2009 at 6:37 pm

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